Alaska Robotics

Mini-Con Website is UP!

Tuesday, January 19th 2016 by Pat

It lives! The Alaska Robotics Mini-Con website lives!

We’ve posted our guest list and more information about applying to exhibit or participate in our artist camp. Go check it out!

Alaska Robotics Mini-Con

Announcing Alaska Robotics Mini-Con

Tuesday, January 5th 2016 by Pat

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I’m very happy to announce Alaska Robotics Mini-Con, a festival and artist camp taking place right here in Juneau from April 22-26th.

Aaron, Lou and I have been hosting guest artists for several years through our work at the Alaska Robotics Gallery and JUMP Society as well as through partnerships with other non-profit organizations like the Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries. We’ve also spent many years attending and exhibiting at comic conventions and arts festivals. Encouraged by those wonderful experiences, we decided it was time for us to host our own tiny comic convention and artist getaway.

I hesitate to even use the phrase “comic convention” when describing the event but those who have attended such things know that the term has grown to include a much more broad collection of pop and contemporary arts, games, music and more. We’re planning to embrace the spirit of those outside conventions but provide a far more down-to-earth, Southeast Alaska experience.

This is far from the official schedule of events but should shed some light on what we have in mind…


**Draft** Schedule

Friday, April 22nd

Guests arrive. We’ll visit some schools and settle in during the day. In the early evening we’ll host a reception and kick-off event for the community and our guests.

Saturday, April 23rd

This is the mini-convention day, an event for the community where people can meet artists, get sketches and have books signed. I’m imagining all the trappings of a bigger convention, just on a much smaller scale. We’ll have spin-off events, drawing hangouts and presentations with guest artists as well.

In the evening, after the convention winds down, we retreat to our secret camp in the woods.

Sunday & Monday, April 24th & 25th

Two days of camp for artists. We’ve booked a multi-cabin campground, a little rustic but totally cozy, for workshops and lectures with lots of breaks for board games, books, meals and hanging out with some of our favorite people.

Guest artists have already proposed some really intriguing and unique workshops and conversations geared toward an audience of peers and working artists.

This camp has limited space. We have about 15 guests at this point and will select a small group of 20-35 attendees to join us for this unique camp experience. The first round of applications will open January 18th. 19th!

Tuesday, April 26th

Last day at camp. We’ll probably have a Together Breakfast, say goodbyes and fly people home. Maybe an optional hiking adventure for people who leave later in the day.


If that sounds like something you’re interested in, keep in touch. We’ll be announcing guests and opening registration for artist camp participants and convention exhibitors on January 18th when we launch a more official website for the event.

I’m excited to announce guests. I’ve let a few names slip already. They’re awesome. Humble superstars. Kind, generous, talented and thoughtful people who love comics, visual storytelling, music and art.

It’s going to be a lot of fun.

Die Rebel Scum

Wednesday, December 16th 2015 by Pat

It’s almost time for a new Star Wars movie. I thought I should trot out this old slam poetry piece I did a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Performed in a dimly lit backroom theater on Coruscant, this one is dedicated to brave men and women of the Empire.

Avian Christmas Pun

Thursday, December 10th 2015 by Pat

If you’re familiar with my work, you might have seen this already.

If not, I challenge you to guess the title of my ultimate avian Christmas pun!

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If you’d like a print, or the answer, visit our store.

Web Comics Holiday Roundup

Friday, November 27th 2015 by Pat

Did I mention that we’re having a holiday sale? 15% off everything in our online store with the discount code “FRENZY”

And if you like webcomics, here are a few other folks having holiday sales.

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There’s also a great big sale at Gallery Nucleus, 20% off with the discount code “GOBBLE20”

Huzzah! Commerce & turkey leftovers.

Holiday Sale!

Wednesday, November 25th 2015 by Pat

Alaska Robotics Holiday Shopping Frenzy. 10-40% off in store and online.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Friday, November 20th 2015 by Pat

I think there will be a lot of uncomfortable and important conversations to be had over big family dinners this season. They’re always a harrowing intersection of love, frustration, truth and uninformed opinions.

I’ll definitely skim Snopes before I go. Looking forward to some cranberry sauce.

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Halloween Haunted House Art Show

Monday, October 19th 2015 by Pat

haunted houses

We’re partnering with the good people at NorthWind Architects to put on a Halloween Haunted House art show.

Submit your unframed haunted house cross sections or blue prints to the gallery by October 28th.

If you’re unfamiliar with cross sections or cut aways, here’s a great pyramid by our friend Scott C.

This is an all ages show so please keep the blood and guts to a tasteful excess.

Kean Soo & Tory Woollcott

Friday, October 2nd 2015 by Pat

Kean Soo & Tory Woollcott are visiting Juneau this week and we will have their work on display for First Friday at the gallery, please swing by and help us welcome our guests!

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Kean and Tory are comic artists who are visiting from Toronto. Kean is well known for his work in the Flight anthologies, Jellaby and March: Grand Prix. Tory has a background in archaeology (like Indiana Jones!) and is the author of Mirror Mind, a graphic novel recounting her experience with dyslexia.

First Friday Reception
Friday, October 2nd – 4:30-7pm at the Alaska Robotics Gallery

Workshop Hangout Drawing Time
Saturday, October 3rd – 2pm-4pm at the Douglas Public Library
Come hang out and draw comics and learn about our guest artists and their influence in this lecture / hangout time.

Storytelling Workshop
Sunday, October 4th – 1-4pm at the Canvas
Learn exercises to prepare a cohesive story from start to finish. This workshop will focus on exercises that can be used by people of all ages to develop stories for games, comics or novels and be used again and again. Registration information.

Alaska Kickstarter Roundup

Thursday, August 6th 2015 by Pat

Some excellent human beings I know are making these things! I trust they’ll dig deep into their hearts and scoop out all the good stuff.

Dee Jay DeRego & Conor Lendrum

Dee Jay and Connor want to be wandering vagabond poets for a while. I think it’s a great idea.

Connor is an overt and charismatic kid who wanders around with his shirt unbuttoned and a big speakerbox backpack slung over his shoulder. He’ll sing along enthusiastically to whatever moves him, he has a way of amplifying and adding meaning to another person’s voice.

Dee Jay is more subdued, humble and gracious in a way that’s difficult to pin down. He’s a listener, an observer. He sees the world and how things fit together, how people tick along, how they’re broken.

The real treat here is at the $250 reward level, these guys will come teach a poetry workshop in your community. This is something they’re good at, put them to work!

Seth Boyer

Seth Boyer makes sad songs. And some less sad songs. And some songs about Sailor Moon. Also, he likes dogs. I think that’s pretty much all you need to know about Seth.

I’d really like for this album to get made. Here’s a sample:

Lisle Hebert

Lisle Hebert is a longtime Alaskan filmmaker who is setting out to create a docudrama about the events that caused the Yupik Eskimos to turn away from spiritual shamanism and towards the churches of missionaries and settlers.

Lisle’s work is based on the essay, YUUYARAQ: The Way of the Human Being, by Harold Napoleon and it will touch on a lot of the important and uncomfortable bits of Alaska History we don’t like to talk about.

Listed under project challenges, Lisle has ALS. It’s not something that’s a part of the film but it is a part of his reality and I think it will provide the drive and perspective to create something truly unique.